Glendale is a city in the county of Maricopa within the state of Arizona. Glendale is 14 km northwest of Downtown Phoenix and presently has a population of practically 230,000 people.
Glendale is proud of its sports. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and NLL's Arizona Sting play at the Jobing.com Arena venue. The Sting began playing in Glendale after the arena opened in Glendale in 2003 within the Westgate City Center. The team previously played at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University within nearby Tempe. The new University of Phoenix Stadium is the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, a college football bowl game. Architect Peter Eisenman designed the stadium and has a natural roll-out grass field. The 2008 Super Bowl XLII was played there. The 2009 NFC Championship Game played there when the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 32-25 for the franchise's first ever Super Bowl berth.
The Glendale Sports and Entertainment District is a development intended to encourage growth in the Yucca district of Glendale. The city of Phoenix attracted the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball during 2009 for spring training within the Camelback Ranch-Glendale facility, operated by the City of Glendale.
Other than sports, the city of Glendale is known as a place to find antiques. Glendale has a large mall, Arrowhead Towne Center, within the northwest portion of the city. Educational institutions comprise the Thunderbird School of Global management and Midwestern University.
The city of Glendale is expecting a METRO light rail service to be placed within Glendale and will eventually serve the city in the same way the Phoenix Street Railway served the city's transportation needs for much of the early part of the 20th century.